Sustaining the Catholic “Thing”
Whenever we begin an end-of-year fundraising campaign, as we must today if we’re going to continue our work into 2022 and beyond, I think back on how The Catholic Thing has developed over more than a dozen years now.
In 2008, when we started, Benedict XVI was pope. (Our engagement with things Roman was, therefore, quite different.) Barack Obama was soon to become president. (The current White House demonstrates that some things, even when a “Catholic” is elected, don’t much change.) For all the complexities then already in play, our mission of bringing the fullness of Catholicism to bear on the Church and the world was clear. I laid out that mission in our very first column and still believe in it (here).
The mission to the secular realm is as urgent as ever. The situation in the Church, even more so. That’s why we’re here 365 days a year (366 in leap years) every morning, bringing you the very best commentary, news, information that we can. I won’t brag about TCT – it contradicts the much-neglected Christian virtue of humility. But it’s because of my confidence in the high quality of our writers that I can ask for your support.